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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Allen Hudson, an influential and trustworthy citizen of Capp’s Creek Township, Barry County, was born in Boone County, Ark., on November 16, 1834. His parents, James H. and Sarah (Bellah) Hudson, were born in Tennessee on April 3, 1804, and April 6, 1806, respectively. When young they removed to Arkansas, in which State they were married, and resided until 1861, when they came to Capp’s Creek Township, where they spent the remainder of their lives, passing away within six days of each other in 1884. They owned a nice farm of 240 acres, and were highly respected citizens of the county. For forty years they were active members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Allen Hudson was reared on a farm in his native State, and when twenty-one years of age went to California, where for four years he was engaged in mining. Returning to Arkansas, he was married on October 3, 1860, to Margaret Holmes, who was born in Polk County, Mo., on February 3, 1841, but who was principally reared in Arkansas. Four children have blessed this union, viz.: Sarah E., Mary C., Quillin O. and Norman G. In 1862 Mr. Hudson removed to Springfield, Mo., where he lived until 1865. He then removed to his present farm, which he has since managed very successfully. He is a stanch Democrat, and takes an active part in politics. He was elected coroner in 1872, and county judge in 1874. Two years later he was defeated for the latter office, but in 1878 he was elected sheriff, and re-elected in 1880, since which time he has not been a candidate for office. He made a very efficient sheriff, and during three years of his term resided in Cassville. Since 1860 Mr. Hudson has been a member of the A. F. & A. M.

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